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Sheikh El-Tayeb: Article 2 of the constitution should not be changed
Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb says that Islamic law (Sharia) must remain the principal source of legislation in post-Mubarak Egypt
Ahram Online, Wednesday 16 Feb 2011
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Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb has said that Article 2 of the Egyptian Constitution should not be changed or sectarian tension would result.

Article 2 says that “Islam is the Religion of the State. Arabic is its official language, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).” El-Tayeb said that the article is one of the pillars of Egypt and changing it would come in the way of achieving freedom and democracy.

El-Tayeb added that he supports the idea that future grand imams would win their seat through votes and not by being appointed by the state, as long as elections are transparent and free of corruption.

Regarding Al-Azhar’s dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood, El-Tayeb said that Al-Azhar is an educational institution, whereas the Brotherhood is a political entity, adding that they share the same faith but have different paths. He insisted, however, that there is a mutual respect between the two.

El-Tayeb added that many institutions under the Mubarak regime suffered from corruption and that those who decided to go to the street and protest against this corruption are heroes.





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ana al masry
24-02-2011 03:35pm
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article 2 of constitution
The grand emam of al azhar is first the egyptian, next he is the highest post among muslims. Islamic jurisprudence legislated the relation among muslims & protected the rights of non muslims of the same community and nation. The copts are egyptians as well and democracy dictates to respect the decision of the majority. Therefore, since the majority (90%) of egyptians are muslims they beleive that article 2 expresses their agreement about being a nation applying the islamic fair shareat. Furthermore, national voting can be a fair path to sttle the issue about article 2, and when the current statement is approved then we have to yeild to the majority decision & close the case. fair enough
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Mina
21-02-2011 06:43am
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Article 2
Article 2 of the Egyptian constitution does not address freedom for the citizens of Egypt. Freedom of human rights was a demand by the original protesters of the 25th of January. The Muslim Brotherhood does not understand democracy and freedom of rights, and will never put this ahead of the teachings of their religion.
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Magda
20-02-2011 10:00am
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Protect the fruits of your hard earned Revolution
Protect the fruits of your hard earned Revolution for democracy, equality and respect for human rights. If you do not eliminate article #2, you would be considered deleberatly ignoring the fact that there are other religions in Egypt beside Islam, thus, you would be contradicting the above principals. Also you would be giving an opportunity for sneaky extremist to shake Egypt’s hoped for peaceful future.
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Rawi
20-02-2011 12:22am
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Big mistake
That is pure racism !!! politics must not be mixed with religion Iran and Afganistan's civil laws are sharia and look how that worked for them plus it will sure make political problems in the future and will result in civil war
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Michael
19-02-2011 11:40pm
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Religion and Democracy do not mix!
With respect to Grand Imam El Tayeb's comments. He is wrong, wrong, wrong. Again, you are dictating to the people makes you no different that the dictator that was was just overthrown. Religion should have no place in the legislation and governing of the people. This is exactly what keeps Egypt a third world country. We need to get past that. It is your own insecurity in your faith that tries to put a strangle hold on its people dictating how to live, when/how to pray, and which religion and faith to practice. That is NOT democracy. Democracy is when you are truly free to practice your faith and beliefs without force, fear, oppression, or retribution. Article 2 is archaic and should be eliminated. When Islam already makes up 90% of the population, is it necessary to mandate it in the constitution? Who and what do you fear? Where's the openness and love that you preach? Religion has no place in politics, nor democracy.
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Ramses
19-02-2011 08:32pm
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article 2
The majority of Egyptians are muslims any way, so you have nothing to fear and omitting article 2 won't change any thing but will gain you 10 million friends. If Islam really about love, mercy and forgiveness then it's about time to prove it.
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Dr. Magdy A. GENDY
19-02-2011 06:08pm
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ABOUT ARTICLE 2
Article 2 of the Egyptian Constitution must be changed as any law for non muslim Egyptian peoples cant be approved as it is against the Constitution which keep that islamic rule is the only source. This not Democracy & this will be A religious Country
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Hussein Essawy
19-02-2011 05:12pm
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Article 2
If Article 2 is retained in the New Constitution, then I'm afraid the Revolution has failed.
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Massoud
19-02-2011 01:27pm
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Egypt for all
In order to enjoy a good life and abundant, and be able to grow. We should have freedom of religion and speech. Egypt will never enjoy freedom and democracy with article 2 in place. We cannot run the country under Islamic laws. We need to be smart, we need to look around us and see other countries that use al Sharia law. I say that with all respect to my brothers and sisters that lean towards al Sharia law. We as Egyptians want to live a good life and prosper, so we need to put our hands together to build Egyptian secular government. Be a wise citizen.
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Farid Nour
18-02-2011 05:03am
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Religion and State
Religion belongs to "people" and not to the State. If you legislate based on religion, then when people revolt against the system, they will revolt against the religion. This will destroy the religion. Look at what happened to the Catholic church when it ruled people. when people rejected the rule, they abandonede the church/religion resulting in major decline for the church. It will be a big mistake to get religion in the middle of politics. Politics continually change but religion should not. The constitution can change in the future as times change. Be wise and look for future centuries to come not to the short term future only
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